§ Sir H. SLESSER
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if he is aware that Garrards House, in Water Street, Lavenham, a very rich half-timber building with carved figures on the door jambs and beautiful ceiling, is about to be removed to America; and whether he will take any steps to prevent tins removal?
§ Captain HACKING (for The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS)
I assume the house referred to is in the village of Lavenham. The First Commissioner has learned with great regret that this house is being demolished, but the Department has no evidence that it is to be exported to America. Intervention by the Office of Works under the Ancient Monuments Act would involve purchase or the payment of compensation, for which at present funds are, unfortunately, not available.